Government High School Satoi in Nagaland without headmaster since 2019
GB association to crack down on practice of proxy teaching
Dimapur, April 24 (EMN): The Government High School Satoi in Zunheboto district is said to be short-staffed and has been functioning without a headmaster since 2019; no assistant headmaster in-charge since 2016; and no Science teacher since 2017.
This was found out during an inspection carried out by the Satoi Range GBs’ Association along with Satoi Range Students’ Union and Satoi administration on April 19 and the 20th.
A press statement issued by the Satoi Range GBs’ Association informed that it initiated the combined education tour, as part of its effort to crackdown on the practice of proxy teachers, check ground reality and address the grievances of student community.
The team stated that Government High School Satoi has shortage of graduate teachers besides functioning without headmaster, assistant headmaster and Science teacher. It said the school currently has only four graduate teachers, five primary teachers and three Hindi teachers.
It is unfortunate to mention that more than eight graduate teachers “with post” had been transferred; four of them during 2017-18 and no replacement done, the GB association informed.
The inspection team was told during the interaction that ‘a minimum of two general graduate teachers, one teacher each for Mathematics and Science and a headmaster were urgently required for proper functioning of the institute.
It said students in the region don’t want to seek admission in the school due to the shortage of graduate teachers, which was also one of the main reasons for the poor enrolment of students and NIL result in the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination 2020.
The GB association informed that the school was upgraded till matriculation in 1998 but still lacks basic amenities like staff quarters and other infrastructures.
It stated that it would not entertain “any transfer with post under Satoi area” other than genuine cases and appealed to all the teachers in the region to be at their places of posting.
It also warned that if any teacher is found indulging in proxy in its future surprise checking, which would be done from time to time, ‘their names would be submitted to the higher authority for immediate action in the interest of the student community and to for quality education’.
The team visited all the 11 government primary schools in 11 villages under Satoi area in Zunheboto’s Satakha sub-division as well as inspected Primary Health Centre at Satoi and four sub-centres at Itovi, Ghokhevi, Hokiye and Thakiye villages and interacted with all the village councils, GBs, teachers, village education committee and public.
The Satoi Range GBs’ Association executives led by its president Kaito Zhimo and general secretary Kakheto Aye also received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine during their visit to the Primary Health Centre at Satoi as part of the vaccination drive by the Medical department. It also told the medical officer and staff to report to the CMO, Zunheboto, if the healthcare facility and the other four sub centres face shortage of medical supplies.
The association also urged the people to strictly follow the standard operating procedure issued by the government for the safety of all.